Today was a great day for flying in the Far North and I managed to achieve a cross country flight from Dargaville to Kaikohe for a touch and go, the on to Whanagarei for lunch with Rusty and Penny Russell, then back to Dargaville over the Tangihua Ranges.
But probably more exciting for me was to fly with my instructor Brian Taylor from his excellent home base near Whangarei to Dargaville in his Jodel D 11 ZK-DJQ
. Brian's large hangar/workshop is just across from his house and you taxy a short distance up the concrete drive to the top of his ex-topdressing airstrip. It was great to get some more Jodel time.
Take off downhill is quite steep but so easy!
Climbing around we got a real nice view of the Whangarei Harbour with some remaining fog hanging around.
Brian's 20% airstrip from the air.
We headed across the Tangihuas and on to Dargaville.
Then after our cross country excercise it was back to Brian's home airstrip, landing uphill (obviously!)
Thanks for a great day Brian!
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